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    Chief Operating Officer
    Amr Abdelgawad

    Entrepreneurship & Technology

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    Amr is a Nanotechnology Engineer by training and background. His passion for healthcare has pushed him towards joining NERv in order to provide better resources for physicians to make more informed decisions regarding their patients. Over the years, Amr has been able to develop his business acumen through the Master’s of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) program at the University of Waterloo and by leading the operations, finance, and business development activities at NERv. Amr is also the 2016 Ontario Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2016 runner-up Canada Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2017 Canada Student Entrepreneur of the Year, and a 2017 TEDxUW speaker. Outside of work, you will find him cheering on Real Madrid or playing soccer with his friends.

    Chief Executive Officer
    Youssef Helwa

    Electrical Engineering

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    Youssef is the CEO and one of NERv founders. Youssef has led the development and growth of NERv throughout his Nanotechnology Engineering degree, implementing its novel approaches in improving the clinical workflow for both patients and physicians. Coming from a medical family himself allowed him to live the most common challenges seen across many patient journeys. Youssef pursued his Masters in the field of implantable biochips while running NERv as a startup. The research work helped establish the foundation of NERv’s first product. His focus remains on building systems and products that integrate seamlessly with existing medical products and procedures, while improving patient outcomes and growing NERv into a leading medical company.

    Chief Technology Officer
    Abdallah El-Falou

    Electrical Engineering

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    Abdallah is a techie at heart, having always been fascinated by technology old and new. Having combined backgrounds in biomedical and electrical engineering, his primary role is translating clinicians’ needs into a full-fledged system. Before joining NERv, Abdallah fulfilled R&D roles in cutting-edge technologies including mobile touch controllers, high-speed satellite communications, and camera modules at leading institutions including the University of Waterloo and Apple. Outside of the office, you’ll find him watching a musical, flexing his culinary skills, or catching up with world news.

    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. João Rezende-Neto


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    Dr. João joins NERv from the University of Toronto (Professor) to serve as part of the executive team. Dr. João has been a major part of NERv’s journey for over three years where he started by overseeing NERv’s early studies back in 2018. Dr. João has performed more than 10,000 major operations and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Highly regarded in the community as the “inventor surgeon”, his research focuses on the development of medical devices. He also holds 9 patents and has licensed his inventions to the industry. He has also developed two original surgical procedures. He is currently the lead for Device Development and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. João is also an avid marathon runner who enjoys spending time with his family and playing water sports.


    Chief of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
    Dr. Ori Rotstein

    MD, MSC

    General Surgeon, Stony Brook University
    Dr. Samer Sbayi

    MD, MBA

    Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist
    Dr. Lamiaa El-Sebaay

    MD, MBBS


    Hardware Design Lead
    Kenan Habib
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    A Mechatronics Engineering University of Waterloo grad who loves to transform innovative ideas into real functional prototypes. Passionate about ideas that change humans’ lives to the better, hence I chose to be in the medical field.

    Quality and Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    Mariam Al-Lami
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    Honours Biology graduate from the University of Waterloo who is passionate about science and innovation. Over the last few years, Mariam worked in the public sector as a regulatory affairs officer for the Natural Health Products Directorate at Health Canada as well as a bioinformatics research assistant for a genomics lab at the Public Health Agency of Canada. There, she participated in research aiming to develop a strain-specific DNA diagnostic assay for Salmonella Enteritidis. In addition, Mariam worked in the private sector as a toxicology technologist for the largest independent tobacco-testing laboratory in the world, and as a regulatory affairs manager for a medical cannabis start-up.

    Research and Development Lead
    Ricky Tjandra
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    Research engineer and scientist with a PhD in Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology) from the University of Waterloo, where he received his MASc and BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering. His PhD research involved the synthesis and use of carbon-based nanomaterials for flexible electrochemical energy storage systems. With his vast experience is research and numerous publications he is leading NERv’s R&D efforts by developing state of the art sensing technologies and NERv’s sensory platform.

    Software Engineering Lead
    Eyram Dornor
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    Eyram is an entrepreneur, developer, designer, photographer and mentor. Eyram’s educational background is composed of a BASc in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology from the University of Waterloo. His interests and career led him through designing, architecting and building mobile-cloud systems in the Fintech and events space through previous startups. Today Eyram is the lead architect behind NERv’s systems including its cloud platform and remote dashboard.

    Clinical Trials Manager
    Nour Helwa
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    Nour is a Biomedical Sciences graduate from the University of Waterloo with a minor in Medical Physiology. During her undergraduate years, she was able to carry out undergraduate research on voltage-gated cation channels. She was also given the opportunity to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant for a multitude of courses including genetics, biochemistry, anatomy, histology, and molecular biology. Today, she is excited to be part of the NERv family and seeks to employ the knowledge and experience that she attained to help create a future of safe surgeries.

    Mechanical Engineer
    Khaled Berry
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    Khaled is a UW Mechatronics Engineer. Jack of all trades, experienced in developing electromechanical systems, websites, machine learning pipelines and models. He’s been looking for a focused goal and path to channel his passion for problem-solving and making a positive impact. Khaled has been utilizing his field experience in machine learning to develop NERv’s data pipeline and the underlying algorithms that have been levering the sensory data to optimize patient care.

    Office Administrative Wizard
    Adam Elsebroek
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    Adam has several years of banking experience across a wide range of financial specialties with experience in leadership & management as well as regulatory audit. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph and recently a graduate of HR Management at Conestoga College in Kitchener. Combining these fields Adam brings business, human resources, management and finance practices to NERv Technology

    R&D scientist
    Mohamed Okasha
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    Mohamed acts as an R&D scientist. His primary responsibility is progressing NERv’s research and development by developing new sensors for NERv’s biomedical sensroy platform. Mohamed’s passion towards improving medicine and medical outcomes as a whole is what led him to pursue a career in medical related research as he believes this is where real change starts. He is a McMaster Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences graduate who joined NERv a year after its founding as one of its early employees. Since then he has learned (not forcefully) some of the ways of the engineers while also working on developing several sensors while leading NERv’s development to create its first sensors. Mohamed is now pursuing a Masters of Science at the University of Waterloo in Chemistry and Nanotechnology hoping to acquire more experience and knowledge in the field that will enable him to create more novel sensing technologies.

    Business Development Manager
    Mustafa Obeidat
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    Dr. Obeidat is a physician turned digital health professional who is passionate about leveraging cutting-edge medical technology to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. Armed with a deep understanding of the day-to-day challenges physicians face, as well as an understanding of the broader healthcare sector, Dr. Obeidat has supported national transformations in healthcare and social services and has extensive experience in healthcare education. Dr. Obeidat played key roles in establishing KPMG’s healthcare practice in Saudi Arabia and supported pivotal national primary care and COVID reforms across the country. His passion for pursing the latest in healthcare technology led him to NERv, where he leads business development. Outside of work, Dr. Obeidat enjoys long quiet walks in nature or intense sessions on his Xbox.